Jack White, “Parallel” (2014): One Track Mind

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If you’re riding with Jack White, know that you’d best buckle up. He’s going to take more sharp turns over the course of one outing than most artists dare in a career.

Same with the decidedly down-home “Parallel,” an exclusive b-side cover now available on seven-inch vinyl and Mp3 editions of “Would You Fight For Me Love?” from White’s new all-over-the-map solo release Lazaretto. An album that saw Jack White blithely swerve from stomping blues to flinty dance music to insouciant rock could only be augmented by a shit-kicking country addendum, right?

And that’s exactly what you get as he tears into “Parellel,” originally released as part of the Hello=Fire debut album by Dean Fertita, a touring band member of White’s — and a member of the Raconteurs, too.

Well, for a while, anyway. With but a minute or two left, Jack White floors it again, hurtling headlong into this huge prog-rockish finale, complete with mind-expanding keyboards and wow-man ending. That sound you hear was our airbag deploying.

Nick DeRiso

Nick DeRiso

Nick DeRiso has written for USA Today, American Songwriter, All About Jazz, and a host of others. Honored as columnist of the year five times by the Associated Press, Louisiana Press Association and Louisiana Sports Writers Association, he oversaw a daily section named Top 10 in the U.S. by the AP before co-founding Something Else! Nick is now associate editor of Ultimate Classic Rock.
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